World Health Organization

Updated: 03:18 EST


Covid pandemic is 'nowhere near over' and new variants are likely to emerge, WHO warns, despite cases continuing to plummet in Britain

18/01/22 19:09

16/01/22 09:37

Lisa Wilkinson became visibly emotional as she said a number of kind words about Professor Mary-Louise McLaws on Sunday night's episode of The Project, following her brain tumour diagnosis.

15/01/22 16:48

Experts have been concerned at the rising number of bird flu cases among humans in China, and have warned the strain could be more infectious for humans.

15/01/22 07:05

Sydney based epidemiologist Mary Louise McLaws has tragically been diagnosed with a brain tumour after recently suffering from severe and repeated headaches.

13/01/22 22:09

The WHO is warning that frequent Covid booster shot rollouts are not sustainable, and asks for vaccine manufacturers to instead develop longer lasting jabs that are more effective.

12/01/22 23:06

IAN BIRRELL: This debate goes on but it underlines the need to regulate the frontiers of science. Those science leaders who fail to do so show contempt for those who legitimately challenge them.

12/01/22 03:05

Specialist emergency physician Ian Norton urged Australia's most senior politicians and health bureaucrats to stockpile rapid antigen tests before mass shortages swept the country.

11/01/22 15:51

The COVID-19 pandemic is 'still a way off' from endemicity due to the virus' uncertainty and continued evolution, WHO scientist Dr Catherine Smallwood said at a news conference on Tuesday.

11/01/22 14:32

A top doctor who ran the WHO's emergency medical unit said he warned the Australian government to stock up on rapid antigen tests six months ago and the shortage was avoidable.

11/01/22 12:44

WHO regional director Hans Kluge warned on Tuesday that the Omicron Covid variant represented a 'new west-to-east tidal wave sweeping across' the European region.

04/01/22 16:57

Dr Abdi Mahamud, the WHO's Covid incident manager, said the agency was seeing 'more and more studies' hinting the new strain struggles to penetrate the lungs.

01/01/22 14:08

WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said the 'acute' stage of the global Covid pandemic should finish this year, provided countries share vaccines and work together.

31/12/21 05:22

Professor Adrian Esterman, a leading Australian epidemiologist, said long Covid was an 'invisible' problem and that its damaging long-term effects will soon be seen in Australia.

29/12/21 20:10

More than 3,000 passengers aboard a Carnival Cruise Line ship have beeb unable to visit two of the first three Mexican cities on the itinerary due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

29/12/21 08:45

Case numbers have shot up 11 percent globally in the last week, forcing governments to find a balance between anti-virus restrictions and the need to keep economies and societies open.

28/12/21 18:59

The Mexican government said Tuesday it will allow passengers with negative coronavirus tests to disembark from cruise ships even if other travelers and crew members test positive.

22/12/21 16:56

Speaking on Wednesday, the WHO Director-General said that the rush in richer nations to roll out additional Covid vaccine doses was deepening jab inequity and prolonging the global pandemic.

21/12/21 16:17

WHO urges Britons to rethink Christmas. Officials warn that it's better to cancel and event than a life, but add they are not a fan of big lockdowns as UK teeters back-and-forth on a potential lockdown.

15/12/21 21:05

Special envoy to the WHO Dr David Nabarro said the spread of the super-mutant Omicron variant was 'unprecedented' and warned it presents 'very serious' threat to the UK, Europe and the world.

15/12/21 08:26

WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said warned that the Omicron variant is spreading at a rate we have not seen with any previous variant.

14/12/21 11:14

The WHO has sent a rapid response team of scientists to collect samples from sick people after an unknown disease killed 89 people in the northern town of Fangak (file image).

11/12/21 00:25

The One Nation leader launched into the extraordinary anti-vaccine rant during a 'business for choice' event at Ipswich, Queensland, on Thursday night.

07/12/21 23:14

His comments came as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and top scientists hit out at travel restrictions as 'pointless' and 'too late' as 'Omicron is already everywhere'.

06/12/21 23:01

Medics had hoped that the antibody-packed fluid could help patients recover from an infection. But a slew of studies has shown the treatment does not make them less likely to die from the virus.

06/12/21 01:26

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: More positive news is emerging by the day about the likely impact of the Omicron variant.

04/12/21 15:50

Thousands of anti-lockdown protestors have descended on the streets of York, Austria and the Netherlands as Europe faces up to a new Covid strain.

04/12/21 13:12

The US and Australia became the latest countries to confirm locally transmitted cases of the variant, as Omicron infections pushed South Africa's total cases past three million.

02/12/21 21:10

Dr Anne Von Gottberg, a microbiologist from South Africa said on Thursday that the country is seeing a high rate of Omicron reinfections and it's higher than the rate for Delta reinfections.

02/12/21 13:53

Scientists from the Stellenbosch University, near Cape Town, said the findings suggest Omicron is able to evade protection people have from a previous infection, unlike the Beta and Delta strains.

01/12/21 13:46

A World Health Organization official said early evidence suggests most people who become infected with the strain, which may have emerged in Botswana, only suffer 'mild' symptoms.

01/12/21 09:38

Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, head of Nigeria's CDC, said retroactive testing of Covid samples collected in recent weeks had identified a case of Omcron Covid dating back to October.

30/11/21 22:48

President Joe Biden on Tuesday said he'll reveal later this week his strategy to fight off COVID and its new variant Omicron this winter but indicated it won't be 'shutdowns and lockdowns.'

30/11/21 21:11

CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky said on Tuesday that the CDC is expanding its COVID-19 testing and surveillance program to four U.S. airports including New York, New Jersey, California and Georgia.

30/11/21 16:38

The RIVM health institute in the Netherlands has found the mutant Covid strain in samples dating from November 19 and 23, before South Africa alerted the WHO on November 24.

30/11/21 11:10

The small printing shop in Canterbury, Kent, is now no longer the most talked about 'Omicron' in the cathedral city since emergence of the new Covid strain - named after the 15th Greek letter.

29/11/21 22:33

Developed nations such as Australia have been warned slamming borders shut to countries reporting new COVID-19 variants could backfire.

29/11/21 16:11

Jackson, who served as the chief physician for both Obama and Trump, was immediately criticized for his statement on Saturday. He's previously attacked the Biden administration's handling of the pandemic

28/11/21 16:40

Omicron variant still hasn't arrived in the US after the White House banned travel to 8 African nations on Friday, tanking the Dow. Anthony Fauci said today that the new COVID strain is 'inevitable.'

28/11/21 08:59

Sajid Javid said the government was taking 'proportionate and balanced' precautions to 'buy time', but stressed there is no certainty that the 'super-mutant' strain will be able to dodge jabs.

27/11/21 23:31

The agency led by chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (pictured) announced that it would be calling the new strain Omicron - jumping over the letter Xi, the name of China's premier Xi Jinping.

27/11/21 22:01

Jabs produced by French firm Valneva could have an advantage over the 'monster' Botswana strain, experts have suggested. The UK cancelled a 100 million dose contract with the supplier in September.

27/11/21 18:03

Boris Johnson refused to rule out another lockdown over the festive period as he fielded questions from journalists following the discovery of the new super-mutant Omicron variant in Britain.

27/11/21 17:13

Covid restrictions in England including travel bans, testing and facemasks will be necessary to fight the new Omicron variant, the Prime Minister announced at a Downing Street briefing.

27/11/21 16:54

Department of Health officials posted nearly 40,000 daily infections - down 3.36% from 40,941 last Saturday - after Sajid Javid announced two cases of the new variant were detected.

27/11/21 15:15

The 'monster' strain, named Omicron and designated a 'variant of concern' by the World Health Organisation, has reached the UK and Belgium after being discovered in South Africa.

27/11/21 14:07

Two cases of the so-called 'Omicron' coronavirus variant have been detected in the UK, the Health Secretary has announced.

27/11/21 11:42

The WHO's decision to name the variant from southern Africa 'Omicron' has sparked speculation that the WHO deliberately skipped over 'Xi' to avoid angering the President of China, Xi Jinping.

26/11/21 19:14

The Omicron Covid-19 variant has more than 30 mutations - the most ever recorded in a strain and twice as many as Delta. A case was reported in Belgium today, the first infection in Europe.

25/11/21 22:46

Experts sat B.1.1.529 has more than 30 mutations - the most ever recorded in a variant and twice as many as Delta - that suggest it could be more.

24/11/21 15:57

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said top-up jabs should be given to over-40s and then over-18s to reduce transmission, hospitalisations and deaths.

23/11/21 17:38

WHO officials said Covid deaths could spiral from 1.5 to 2.2million by March amid a fourth wave. They said high infections, vaccine skepticism and relaxed Covid measures were to blame.

22/11/21 10:39

Germany's health minister warned that by the end of winter, Germans will be 'vaccinated, cured or dead' as he urged more citizens to get jabbed to protect themselves against the Delta variant.

22/11/21 00:02

Rioters in Groningen in the north of the Netherlands started fires and threw stones at police while protesting against the return of strict lockdown rules aimed at curbing a rise in Covid infections.

21/11/21 12:44

Nearly 40,000 people took to the streets of Belgium's capital Brussels on Sunday to protest against new anti-Covid measures banning the unvaccinated from entering restaurants and bars.

18/11/21 23:29

The slaughter market in Wuhan, Hubei province - which traded dozens of exotic animals - was originally touted as the source of Covid because of the high risk of cross-species infection.

18/11/21 22:15

Large crowds waving flags gathered outside the Austrian Embassy in Paris in protest at Vienna's lockdown for the unvaccinated, with Italy and Greece considering similar restrictions.

18/11/21 00:42

World Health Organisation advisor Professor Dale Fisher said transmission in Australia would likely stay low over the summer as the fully-vaccinated enjoy their newfound protection against the virus.

16/11/21 15:16

NHS boss Amanda Pritchard says all hospital visitors should wear a mask after in the latest condemnation of Boris Johnson's visited a hospital bare faced last week.

15/11/21 12:58

More than 170,000 of these deaths could have been avoided if all EU member states had reached the World Health Organization air quality guideline level of 5 µg/m³, the EEA have concluded.

14/11/21 00:24

Australia's Covid-19 'honeymoon' could be short-lived as one of its Asian neighbours experiences a new spike in cases, an expert has warned.

11/11/21 22:13

Vice President Kamala Harris continued her charm offensive with the French on Thursday night, joining President Emmanuel Macron for a posh dinner at the presidential palace.

10/11/21 11:29

The PM sparked a furore on social media after he was pictured greeting nurses and walking through a hospital corridor maskless in Northumberland on Monday.

05/11/21 22:40

In the past two years, despite commanding a large majority in the Commons and strong support in the polls, the Prime Minister has been forced to cave in on everything.

04/11/21 21:03

The billionaire founder of Microsoft warned that world leaders must prepare for disasters like 'smallpox terror attacks' whatever the cost and called for the formation of a Pandemic Task Force.

04/11/21 12:59

The World Health Organisation's Europe director Hans Kluge said the 78 million cases in the region is due to Europe's insufficient vaccination coverage' and relaxed public health measures.

01/11/21 22:23

An Israeli study finds that people with lower antibody responses to the COVID-19 vaccines are more likely to suffer a breakthrough case. Though they are less likely to develop symptoms.

29/10/21 19:40

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have penned an open letter asking the leaders of the 'wealthiest' nations at the G20 summit in Rome to send more vaccines to low-income countries.

27/10/21 12:34

World Health Organization is taking special notice of new UK Covid variant AY.4.2. The body wants to learn if the new strain is more dangerous than its ancestor. The UK has 93% of world's AY.4.2 cases.

25/10/21 19:11

The Biden administration has revealed exceptions to its new vaccine requirements for travel to the US, with children under 18 getting a blanket exception.

22/10/21 20:16

A recent report from the WHO estimates that between 80,000 and 180,000 health care workers around the world were killed by COVID-19 rather than the official count of 6,643.

19/10/21 01:57

The WHO lists antimicrobial resistance as a top ten global health threat, saying that by 2050 it will kill more people than cancer. Could novel vaccines provide new ways to defeat superbugs?

17/10/21 01:30

The WHO named a team of 26 scientists investigating the origins of Covid last week but there is dismay as at least a third of its team investigating have conflicts of interest.

15/10/21 21:12

The WHO reports an increase of TB deaths in 2020 for the first time since 2005, a step backwards in the global battle against the condition that affects millions worldwide.

15/10/21 08:52

The WHO recently released a proposed list of 25 experts to advise it on next steps in the search for the origins of the virus after its earlier efforts were attacked for going too easy on China.

13/10/21 10:59

It is hoped the samples will reveal the first antibodies made by humans against the virus and could even reveal who was first infected and where.

11/10/21 19:49

Scientists want to visit a series of caves and wildlife farming areas in the Enshi prefecture of Hubei province - six hours west of the city where Covid-19 was first reported.

29/09/21 16:00

The abuse was carried out by Congolese and international workers between 2018 and 2020, including on a 13-year-old girl.

28/09/21 20:22

World Health Organization chief Tedros Ghebreyesus apologised after a commission found that 83 aid workers, including 21 employed by the WHO, sexually abused women and girls in the DRC.

27/09/21 01:36

Experts will look into whether Covid leaked from a lab in Wuhan, at the end of 2019 - a claim denied by China, which also wants the WHO to examine if the virus originated in another country.

24/09/21 21:58

Harry and Meghan released a statement saying they had partnered with the WHO to host a 'dialogue on the urgent need to achieve global vaccine equity'.